Apr 18, 2012

Teardrop Necklace DIY

Thank you to everyone for your sweet comments about last week's outfit. I am so glad I ended up buying the blue pants - I am definitely a fan. Some of you asked about the teardrop necklace that I was wearing, so I thought I would give you a rundown on it. 
You have probably seen some similar double strand teardrop necklaces. Well, I wanted one but I didn't want to pay for it (story of my life). So I made my own! I decided to make a smaller version because... let's be honest, I'm not very stylish. I have to tread the "statement necklace waters" carefully. Here's my version:


Supplies (all items purchased at Hobby Lobby):
  •  8 Teardrop Pendants (usually $1.99 for two, but purchased half-price) (similar from Amazon)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used "Bahama Blue by Americana, but I think any color would look good)
  • 1/4 inch ribbon
  • Jump Rings
  • Silver Glass Beads
  •  Paint your beads. Paint one side, let it dry and then paint the other. The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry. After a couple of coats of paint on both sides, I put a coat of polyurethane (leftover from furniture-painting projects) on the beads. I think you could probably use any sort of clear sealant over the paint to make sure it doesn't get scratched off.
  • Open the jump rings using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Slip the teardrop pendants on and close the jump rings.
  • String those suckers beads up! I used three glass beads between each teardrop pendant.
  • One amendment to the supplies photo... I could not, for the life of me, get the silver glass beads strung on the ribbon. I used 8mm glass beads, but perhaps there is a bigger size of beads that would make it easier to string on the ribbon. If you have trouble you could use larger beads, or some sort of twine instead of the ribbon. I just used what I had on hand, which was wire. You can see in the picture below that I basically made a loop with the wire and then tied a knot on it with the ribbon.

And the final result:

What do ya'll think? I really do love it and all the supplies cost me a total of $10, which is not too shabby if I do say so myself.


  1. Thank you for sharing - I loved it so much that I took to making my own!

    Very happy to have come across your beautiful blog.


  2. I see you made this two years ago, but I'm loving it! What a great idea, you must be very fashion forward or I'm very fashion behind, or this is a classic idea that stands the test of time.

  3. I LOVE this! Never crossed my mind to paint the beads. Duh! How easy!

  4. Great tutorial! I'm glad Pinterest led me here. Does the paint chip after a while? I can't wait to try this!

    1. Hi Justine!

      Thanks for your sweet comment! I did have a tiny bit of chipping on one side of one of the teardrops. My theory is that I should have lightly sanded the beads before painting them. BUT it really isn't a big issue - I just wear it with that chip side down and I haven't had any other issues besides that.


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